Aakash Chopra, the former Indian opener and commentator, was of the opinion that Australia are likely to come out on top in the forthcoming T20I series against India, just as they did in the recently concluded ODI format of the game which they won by 2-1.
He made this observation while previewing the first T20I on 4th December between the two teams in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
Aakash Chopra: Balance Tilted In Favour Of Australia In T20I Series Too And Who Wins First T20I Will Win Series
Aakash Chopra started by picking Australia as the slight favourites in the three-match T20I series starting on 4th December. He added that the team that wins the first match at Canberra is likely to win the T20I series as well.
“The balance is tilted towards Australia in the T20I series. I feel whichever team wins the first T20I, will win the series,” Aakash Chopra said.
The renowned commentator observed that the first T20I match between the two sides is likely to be a closely contested affair. He pointed out that some of the Indian team regulars might not play the last two T20Is at Sydney on 6th and 8th December as they will be a part of the India A team for the practice match starting on 6th December and ending on 8th December.
“The first match is 50-50, but India will not have the entire team from the second match. A few of the main players would have gone, they might be leaving the T20I matches to prepare for the Tests,” Aakash Chopra added.
Aakash Chopra added that Australia would certainly be the favourites if the Indian team does not field their best XI in the last two T20Is.
“If that happens, the balance will tilt towards the Kangaroos.”
India rested pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the first T20I in which T Natarajan made his T20I debut. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and all-rounder Washington Sundar gets a game whereas Manish Pandey makes a comeback after Shreyas Iyer disappointed in ODIs. Australia have included D Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Sean Abbott and Mitchell Swepson in the squad.
Aakash Chopra Believes Australia Will Win The T20I Series
Aakash Chopra feels Australia will win the T20I series even if they lose the opening game. Aakash Chopra believes that Australia will win the T20I series which follows the ODI series where Australia won 2-1 to continue their dominance over the Indians.
“I feel Australia will win the T20I series as well. They have already won the ODIs by a 2-1 margin.”
Aakash Chopra added that the Australian team led by Aaron Finch would surely win the T20I series if they win the first match. Although he initially said that the team winning the first match would prevail in the T20I series, he highlighted that the Aussies could bounce back even after a reversal in the first encounter.
“If Australia win the first match, they will win the series 100%. If Indian wins the first match, then 60% I still feel that Australia will win the series.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by hoping that he is proven wrong on his gut feelings of Australia winning T20I series and the Indian team comes up on the winning side.
“That is what I feel. I hope I am absolutely ridiculously wrong. If we win, we will celebrate else prepare for the Test matches.”
India A is supposed to play a tour match against Australia A at Sydney from December 6, which is the same day on which the second T20I will be staged.
Some of the Indian T20I team regulars including Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami might prefer to play the warm-up match and remain absent in second and third T20Is for the all-important Test series starting December 17 instead of the final two T20Is.